|Project by MattObjects||posted 10-20-2012 09:19 AM||2044 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
My old sailboat needed new cabin-top handrails so I made these last winter. I wanted handrails beefy enough that they would hold under the weight of an adult man hanging from them in storm conditions. That meant both that the wood needed to be thick enough to withstand the strain and also that they needed to be very securely attached to the boat.
These handrails are made from African mahogany. Rather than drill holes through the tops of the handrails toward the deck for the attachment of screws or bolts (which would have required plugging the holes afterward), I epoxied stainless steel threaded rod into each base and then drilled holes through the deck for the threaded rod to pass through. Attached to the threaded rod on the interior of the cabin are a second set of internal handrails that are mirror images to the handrails mounted to the deck. These not only provide a safety feature on the interior of the cabin, they are also more attractive than just having backing plates and exposed threaded rod and nuts from the exterior handrails. The interior handrails are made of padauk.